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Brutal Torture of Falun Dafa Practitioners in Mudanjiang Prison

January 13, 2006 |  

(Clearwisdom.net) Inside Mudanjiang Prison, the guards are still persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners. Mr. Jin Youfeng, a former teacher in the physical education department at Mudanjiang Normal College, refused to perform the forced labor on May 26, 2005 in protest. The next day Captain Luan Yu handcuffed Mr. Jin to the iron bars outside a window. Practitioner Shen Jinxiang was forced to work in a coalmine in the 2nd division of the 1st prison ward in Jixi Prison. The coalmine collapsed and Shen suffered a fractured right ankle.

1. Mr. Jin Youfeng was tortured with force-feeding in the prison's "intensified physical training group" and hand-cuffed in the prison ward

Mr. Jin Youfeng was a teacher in the physical education department at Mudanjiang Normal College. He was imprisoned in the "intensified physical training group" in Mudanjiang Prison. The moment he entered the prison, he had to hold his arms around his head while squatting down facing a wall. All his belongings were taken away except sweaters, sweatpants and underwear. Jin couldn't wash his face or brush his teeth for the first few months, let alone take a shower. Zhou Shaokun is a janitor working in the No. 1 strict managing room and is a main participant in persecuting Falun Gong. Zhou takes orders from Zhuang (first name unknown), a prison guard. Falun Gong practitioners work in a sweatshop during the day and often have to work at night if they don't finish the assigned job. Jin often didn't finish his work and was punished with "riding an airplane" torture. Jin refused to cooperate and Zhou ordered Liu Daqing, a hired thug, to brutally beat Jin. Si Hongtao, a guard, also ordered Zhou to put pressure on Jin and Wu (first name unknown), trying to force them to renounce Falun Gong. Jin refused to renounce Falun Gong and was beaten by Zhou in front of Si Hongtao. Si would slap Mr. Jin if he refused to follow his orders to lower his head or squat down.

On September 4, 2004, the intensified training group isolated each Falun Gong practitioner and prevented them from sleeping, trying to "transform" them (i.e. make them renounce their belief in Falun Gong). Liu Jun and Wu Yuerong were each locked in rooms No. 1 and No. 2. Prisoners would take turns talking to Liu and Wu to prevent them from sleeping at night. Sometimes Mr. Liu was forced to stand overnight (sometimes on a stool) for 4 or 5 days in a row. The guards claimed they did this to all practitioners. To stop this persecution, practitioners went on a hunger strike on September 9. The next day Gao Yunxiang, Guan Lianbin, and Jin Youfeng, were locked in an isolated room. They had to wear about 40 lbs of shackles and cuffs with no space in between (which is worse than regular handcuffs because the wrists do not have the range of mobility). The guard connected the practitioners' shackles to a chain to immobilize them all together. This lasted 15 days. The second day after the practitioners were locked in the isolated room, they were force-fed with a larger than normal tube. The guards would torture the practitioners by randomly poking their throats to insert the tubes and continued pushing the tubes in even after the tubes reached their stomachs. The guards poured in a large amount of food and made it overflow and run into practitioners' tracheas. Practitioner Yao Guocai was tortured with this method. The food the guard used to force-feed practitioners was raw corn flour paste and hot chili powder. Practitioners always had diarrhea after the force-feedings. The second day of force-feeding, a guard who called himself "king of all demons" brought in 4 prisoners to torture Jin Youfeng by clamping Jin's nose and force- feeding him with water. Jin struggled to breathe while bottles of water were poured into his stomach. It was cold in the room and the guards wouldn't give Jin clothes and comforters. It was hard to fall asleep in the isolation room.

After being released from the isolation room, practitioners refused to cooperate with the evil and their forced labor activities. Mr. Jin and other practitioners were illegally imprisoned in the intensified physical training group for a year and two months.

On May 26, 2005, Mr. Jin and other practitioners were separated to prison wards No. 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Jin Youfeng was in the first middle team in No. 7 ward. There, if he did not renounce Falun Gong, his sentence would not be reduced even he worked hard. To protest the persecution, Jin Youfeng still refused to join in forced labor. Captain Luan Yu of the first middle team cuffed Mr. Jin to iron bars outside the window. This lasted until the morning of May 27. In the afternoon, Zhu Zailiang, captain of a brigade, ordered prisoners to cuff Jin Youfeng to the corner of the guards' restroom. On May 28, Zhu ordered prisoners Han Baoren, Dai Qingmin, Liu Yong and Su Yupeng, to transform practitioners. The prisoners did not succeed and Zhu berated these prisoners and threatened to not reduce their sentences. Under Zhu's pressure, these prisoners took Jin Youfeng back to the guards' restroom and beat him on the face and lower back, twisting his arms and kicking his face. The main assailant was Han Baoren. Su Yupeng did not participate in the beating this time. After that, Liu Yong would watch Jin and not allow him to sit down. Liu even tortured Mr. Jin by shocking him with electric batons or hanging him up by his handcuffs.

2. Mr. Shen Jinxiang tortured in the Mudanjiang Prison and his left leg was broken due to torture

Liu Minghua, head of a prison ward, and Gao (first name unknown), a guard, beat and injured Mr. Shen Jinxiang's left leg. Mr. Shen couldn't walk for half a month and his leg had still not healed after a year.

At 8 a.m. on January 20, 2004, Liu Minghua, head of the No. 14 prison ward of the Mudanjiang Prison, called Shen Jinxiang to his office and yelled at him, "We do not allow you to talk to anyone, watch TV or sit down. When you get back to your room, you should lie down immediately." Shen Jinxiang replied, "The Constitution allows freedom of speech, why don't you allow me to talk?" Liu yelled at Mr. Shen and ordered him to squat down, Shen Jinxiang refused. Liu grabbed Mr. Shen's collar and tried to throw him on the ground but did not succeed. Liu then kicked Mr. Shen on the back of his left knee and he fell. Liu continued to kick Shen Jinxiang on his back and head and yelled, "Bring me an electric baton!" Guard Gao Haimin brought in an electric baton and shocked Shen Jinxiang on his mouth, face, head and neck. Gao yelled, "I want you to scream!" Three more prisoners came in the office and one of them named Li Bo began to beat Shen. Mr. Shen told the prisoners, "This is none of your business. Don't participate in the persecution." During the Chinese New Year in 2004, there was a 16-day holiday break in the prison. Mr. Shen lay on his bed for 16 days. After the break, guard Liu Zunyun lied to Shen Jinxiang and took him to the workshop. Liu Zunyun made Mr. Shen work every day without rest.

On June 4, 2002, in the intensified physical training group in the Mudanjiang Prison, prisoner Peng Guanghua punched Shen Jinxiang on his chest three times and caused him to have chest pain for half a month. Prisoner Xie Shun used an 8-inch-wide, 67-inch-long, 1 inch thick wooden board to slap Mr. Shen on his buttocks. His buttocks were swollen as a result of the beating and he couldn't sit down for a while.

On August 10, 2002, Shen Jinxiang was forced to work in a coalmine under a well at the Jixi Prison for 20 hours. At 5 a.m., guards Wang Zhongjun and Han Xuzhong beat Shen Jinxiang in the dining hall until Shen fell to the floor. The guards then kicked Shen Jinxiang heavily with their hard leather shoes and yelled, "We'll kill you, Falun Gong practitioner!" Shen was hit five times and his left eye was swollen. After the beating, the guards made Shen to do "Body-folding," in front of three hundred prisoners. (a type of physical punishment, "Body-folding" refers to standing with two legs straight and close, and bending the head down as far as it will go toward the feet, in front of the knees. The fingers point to the ground, the head is upside down, making the body form a 90-degree angle.) Han Zuzhong even wiped his nose on Mr. Shen.

On July 19, 2002, in the 2nd division of the No. prison ward in Jixi Prison, prisoner Bai Jinbao used a 40-inch-long, 2-inch-wide, and half-inch-thick wooden board to hack Shen Jinxiang on his rib cage, collar bone, and arms for an hour, and stomped on Shen's chest repeatedly.

On September 20, 2002, while Shen worked in a coalmine of the No. prison ward at the Jixi Prison, the roof of the coalmine collapsed because of the prison's illegal operating procedures. Mr. Shen was buried in a pile of rocks and his right ankle was fractured. After prisoners sent Mr. Shen out of the coalmine, guard Song Jian scolded, "Why did you bother to send a useless person up? Come out after you get your work all done!"

In mid November, 2002, Jiang Zhenying, head of the brainwashing division in Jixi Prison, and Nie Minghui, secretary of education in No. 1 prison ward, tried to force Shen to write four statements to renounce Falun Gong. Mr. Shen refused and thus Jiang and Nie took his cane away from him and made him stand on his left leg, since Shen's right ankle was fractured. They did this to humiliate Mr. Shen.

On November 23, 2002, Jiang and Nie took Shen Jinxiang to an office in No. 1 prison ward. Jiang said, "I will ask a prisoner to break your legs and give you a month in which to do the Falun Gong exercises. If you can heal your legs back, from then on you'll be allowed to do the exercises." Shen asked, "Why would you ask a prisoner to break my legs? Why don't you do it?" Jiang replied, "Then I would be committing a crime." On Shen's way back to his room, while there was no one around, Jiang told Shen, "If you don't renounce Falun Gong, I will confiscate your cane and order prisoners to beat you." In fact, Jiang had already told prisoner Bai Jinbao to "strictly monitor" Shen. Every day Bai would beat Shen for no reason or curse him.

On the morning of March 23, 2003, Jiang went to the 2nd division of No. 1 prison ward and told Shen, "From now on, we will strictly manage you, because you are an 'anti-reform member'." Jiang ordered prisoner Bai, "Don't allow Shen to eat in the dining hall. Give him a steamed bun each meal, don't allow him to talk to anyone, and make him sit and stay awake until midnight every day." Prisoners in Jixi Prison woke up at 4:30 a.m. every day. Shen sat till midnight for 4 days. Liu Yajie, head of a sub-prison ward, told Shen, "I am a weapon of the Chinese Communist Party. If you don't transform, we will take action. You know how it works in the legal system. We will put you under a 200-watt light bulb and not let you sleep. We're not doing it now but we'll make you squat on a tile floor barefoot from 4:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day. Let's see how long you can sustain yourself." Liu Yajie made a mentally retarded prisoner named Yin Shouzhi watch Shen. Yin often kicked Mr. Shen and pushed him under the TV while the prisoners watched TV at night. Liu often told the prisoners they were not allowed to bring Mr. Shen food. Liu told a prisoner not to give practitioners food but starve them. However, this prisoner sneaked Shen two sesame seed cakes and told him, "Don't tell anyone. Liu told me not to give you food."

The torture continued until April 15, 2003, and then Jixi prison transferred Shen Jinxiang to the Mudanjiang Prison to continue his persecution.

3. Practitioner Huang Guodong beaten in the No. 8 Prison Ward

On September 20, 2004, Zhang Jiaguang, deputy head of the No. 8 prison ward, Wang Guang, Zhao Minghui, Wang Jijun, and Yan Jiang, beat practitioner Huang Guodong with three electric batons and hung Huang on the iron fence near the workshop.

On March 8, 2005, guards Yu Fugang, Wu Xuejun, He Guangsheng, Li Jun, and Pei Shenglie in No. 8 prison ward, beat practitioner Huang.